Eddie and the Cruisers
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

A television reporter decides to investigate the legendary death of the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers, a 1960s one-hit wonder, in this rock-flavored drama. Her questions trigger a former band member to search for the group's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 23, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Eddie and the Cruisers is a mish-mash of a film, combining elements of the ongoing nostalgia for rock music of previous decades with an unworkable and laughable mystery plotline.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Eddie and the Cruisers is vivid, full of conviction and more than a little foolish at times.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The film's mystery angle regarding the missing tapes is ludicrous, thus making it right at home alongside every other half-witted development in this cheesy undertaking.

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Grainne O'Kelly
Time Out

Low key and, despite the music, rather likeable.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Dated, rock-themed '80s tale has suicide, drugs, profanity.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

An intriguing, if not completely successful, spin on the rock movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Eddie and the Cruisers is all buildup and no payoff.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Aside from Eddie And The Cruisers' funky structure, the music remains its chief selling point-though Cafferty's songs don't plausibly pass for early 1960s tunes.

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TV Guide

Pare lacks charisma as Eddie, but the Bruce Springsteen-like music was good enough to put the soundtrack album in the Top 40 charts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
One of those movies that has flaws, but is so simple and endearing that it sticks with you. I would recommend for the soundtrack alone
Jason Spencer
The story of a rise and fall of a fictional rock legend.
David Ladd
Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) was the lead singer of "Eddie & The Cruisers", an on the rise rock band in the early 1960s that played late… More
Marion Ravenwood
Not the greatest film, but the music is where this film shines. I loved the music, it was right up my alley, + Michael Pare is really cute!
Cynthia S.
This movie is one of my ALL TIME favorite movies. I loved the whole entire film, and the very end of the movie made me jump out of my chair (in 1984 when I… More
Jason Reneau
Great movie, the soundtrack is pretty sweet, but the whole story about this band from Jersey and their troubled singer, good stuff.

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